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There’s No Place Like Home

Albert the GrizzlyAlpine, CA – (May 30, 2014) Five days, eight states and 2,500 miles later the epic journey for Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo has come to an end- they are finally home! After a few short days on the ranch this family of bears is already beginning to settle into their new digs. They will spend the next thirty days in quarantine, a standard protocol for all new arrivals to our sanctuary. Teddy and Baloo, the two eleven year old Himalayan black bear brothers, are clowning around and enjoying taking dips in their swimming tub. Albert and Cherry Bomb, the eight year old Alaskan Silvertip grizzlies are getting accustomed to their quarantine area and are enjoying the tranquility of LTB.  This rescue could not have been possible without the support of so many kind-hearted and compassionate members, family and friends of Lions, Tigers & Bears, like you! This rescue is your donation in action, the feeling of  achievement can’t get any better than this! To know that together we have made the difference in the lives of one (or in this case four!) more animals in need of a better tomorrow is absolutely insurmountable. Thank you all! Every Life Counts!      

They have arrived! Teddy smiling Baloo checking out the view


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The Final Leg

The Final Leg

baloo2Gila Bend, AZ – (May 28, 2014) Since our last update two days ago, the LTB rescue team crossed through three states (Texas, New Mexico & Arizona), soon to be four (California) covering 1,000+ miles to bring Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo to their new home. Along the route home, the team has met some helpful new friends- all willing to pitch in for the sake of this bear family. At each fuel stop, fellow travelers come up to the rescue hauler in curious amazement, and occasional disbelief- that four bears really do stand behind those hauler doors, and are on their way to a new life at Lions, Tigers & Bears. Being on the road and meeting people from all walks of life is a fantastic way to spread awareness of the work LTB does, and the perils that stem from the exotic animal trade. When people are able to see Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo firsthand, and learn their story- they are able to make a connection to the greater issue at hand and are inspired to act upon this newfound knowledge.

Still Truckin’

Still Truckin’

Cherry Bomb grizzly bearWeatherford, TX – (May 26, 2014) This update comes to you from the highways of the Lone Star State, where the LTB Rescue Team has covered over 1,500 miles with Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo in tow.

Some of you may be wondering what life on the road is like when you are hauling four, 300+ pound living, breathing balls of fur (bears!!) with needs to be met- such as food, water and hygenic living conditions, not to mention emotional needs to ensure everyone is comfortable, safe and happy on their journey to their new home.

Stops are made often to check on Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo. Their travel hauler is temperature controlled and insulated to help drown out sound. The bears are fed daily and watered as needed at each stop. They are also given lots of praise and words of reassurance each time we stop to remind them that everything will be okay and their journey on the road is only temporary!

In just a few short days this family of bears will be able to frolic and play in their new enriching habitat at Lions, Tigers & Bears, and we can’t wait to see this firsthand! Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo also enjoy seeing new faces (and even showing off a bit) at our stops along the route, and fellow travelers definitely enjoy seeing them, learning their story and ways they can help us stop the exotic animal trade and the exploitation of animals such as Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo.



Food for the Road

Food for the Road
Cherry Bomb has leftover honeydew seeds on her head.

Cherry Bomb has leftover honeydew seeds on her head.

(May 24, 2014) – The LTB Rescue team hit the road yesterday morning, but not before making a stop at the grocery store to stock up on fresh produce for Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo. Did you know a typical bear eats up to 20 pounds of food a day?! (Whereas the average person eats around 4 pounds per day.) That is a max of 80 pounds of food per day between the four of these guys. Bears are omnivores meaning “everything-eater.” Their diet consists of a variety of foods including fruits, nuts, vegetables, seeds, fish, eggs, cooked meats, grains, etc.  produceNeedless to say, the team loaded up their shopping cart with a lot!:

8 watermelons, 2 cantaloupes, 2 melons, 17 peaches, 8 mangos, 2 pineapples, 4 heads of romaine, 10 lbs. of oranges, 8 lbs. of pears, 5 lbs. of apples and a giant jar of Jiff peanut butter for a special treat!

All four bears absolutely love watermelon. Watch Teddy eating his melon here!

The team made it all the way to Arkansas before pulling over to rest for a few hours late Saturday night. Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo are adjusting wonderfully to life on the road. Just a couple of more days before they are home free!



Loaded Up and Ready to Roll

Loaded Up and Ready to Roll


Cherry Bomb being loaded up Watha, North Carolina – (May 24, 2013) After multiple hours of rest and close observation by the LTB Rescue team, Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo were loaded into Lions, Tigers & Bears’ state of the art exotic animal transfer hauler yesterday afternoon where they could rest overnight before the team begins the nearly 3,000 mile drive back to California.

The hauler is fully self contained and well equipped with features such as -running water, air conditioning, propane generator, tools, medical supplies for the bears (and humans just in case!).

It is important to give the bears plenty of time to come around from their sedative and be able to get accustomed to their new environment where they will be spending the next few days. Each member of this bear family has their own personal transfer cage to make the cross-country trek in. A big journey lies ahead for these bears. Be sure to stop by often for updates on Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo’s journey to their new home at Lions, Tigers & Bears!


Cherry Bomb is ready for California!

Lions, Tigers & Bears transfer hauler

“Will it all fit?”


Loading up the rescue hauler.


Ready to roll!


The Doctor is in the House!

The Doctor is in the House!

Or in this case, the veterinarian…

Watha, North Carolina – (May 23, 2014) The LTB Rescue team visited the residence of Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo yesterday and prepped for the baseline medical examinations that would occur for each bear today. The team arrived on site bright and early this morning and met the North Carolina veterinarian team who would help do the medical work-up.

All four bears patiently awaited as the morning passed and it became time for their turn to be anesthetized in their squeeze/transfer cage. Each bear was worked individually (one at a time) by the LTB Rescue Team and the NC veterinarian team. Cherry Bomb, the only female bear in the group, was the first to be sedated, then Baloo, Albert and last but not least Teddy. After the sedative went into full effect, each bear was transferred into our rescue hauler to receive their exam.


We drew blood, took a stool sample, examined teeth and paws, did a full physical exam and inserted a microchip. The LTB Rescue Team safely and securely transferred each bear back into their transfer cage, where they could be given plenty of time to come around from their sedative and rest before they make their 2,500+ mile journey home.

The baseline exams took several hours total for all four bears to complete. We are pleased to report that all Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo are in great health and will be fully recovered by the day’s end.

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LTB Rescue Team Arrives in NC

LTB Rescue Team Arrives in NC

We Have Arrived!

Cherry BombWallace, NC – (May 22, 2014) After traveling more than 2,500 miles the LTB Rescue Team led by Lions, Tigers & Bears Founder and Director, Bobbi Brink, has finally arrived to their final destination this morning to rescue four captive bred bears who will be rescued and transported back to their Calif. sanctuary. 

The team was greeted on site by an early morning drizzle. All four bears were eagerly awaiting in their current enclosure at a residential backyard, as the team worked to coax each bear into their transfer cage, where they would spend their time for the next couple of days to make the 2,500+ mile journey back to their new home at the Alpine, Calif. sanctuary.

DSC_3619The bears each displayed their unique personalities as the team worked to load each one into their transfer cages. Teddy and Baloo, the two Himalyan black bears, are a dynamic duo full of tricks up their furry sleeves. Albert and Cherry Bomb, the two Alaskan Silvertip Grizzlies, are inseperable and more docile than the other two bears, but still a bundle of bear energy.

The LTB Rescue Team was successful at getting each bear accustomed to their transfer cage and prepped for tomorrow’s veterinary examination. They appear to be in good health, aside from some medical issues that the grizzlies face from malnutrition and extended confinedment as cubs, and victims of the exotic animal industry. The two were born were displayed at the Cherokee Bear Park pits in Cherokee, NC as cub petting props and roadside tourist attractions before they were sold off to auction and eventually ended up in the hands of the private owners who have now relinquished them to Lions, Tigers & Bears.

All four bears will receive a full baseline medical examination tomorrow including: blood work analysis, stool sample analysis, microchipping, dental exam and deworming if tests prove necessary. Stay tuned to follow this family of four on their journey to their new home in beautiful San Diego County, Calif.!

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Lions, Tigers & Bears’ Rescue Team Hits the Road again!

Lions, Tigers & Bears’ Rescue Team Hits the Road again!

Four Bears will travel cross-country to new home at San Diego exotic animal sanctuary

Alpine, Calif – (May 18, 2014) Bobbi Brink, Founder and Director of San Diego’s Lions, Tigers & Bears (LTB) exotic animal sanctuary, departed today to rescue four captive bred bears from outside Wilmington, North Carolina. The LTB rescue team will make the 5,000+ mile round trip journey in their state of the art animal transfer hauler. Upon arrival to the rescue site the team will provide a thorough medical diagnostic for each bear before transporting them back across the country to San Diego, Calif. sanctuary, where they will be provided a permanent home. This rescue has been generously made possible by LTB members and supporters and lifelong animal advocate, Mr. Bob Barker.

The two Silvertip Grizzlies (Albert and Cherry Bomb) and two Himalayan black bears (Teddy and Baloo) are a family of captive-bred bears. Albert and Cherry Bomb were born at Cherokee Bear Park, a roadside zoo in Cherokee, North Carolina known for displaying bears in concrete pits in deplorable conditions. A lawsuit was filed against the facility in December 2013 for claims of violating the federal Endangered Species Protection Act. Teddy and Baloo were born at Tote-em-in Zoo, another roadside menagerie in North Carolina known for their questionable treatment of resident animals.

Bred, sold, traded and exploited for the early years of their lives- all four bears are victims of the exotic animal industry. There are estimated tens of thousands of exotic animals being kept in private hands in the United States today. All four bears are declawed and have not received proper medical care in years. One of the bears suffers from neurological damage in his shoulder due to cramped confinement as a cub. The bears were taken in by a private couple and are currently living in a residential backyard. The owners are no longer able to provide the necessary care for each bear and are requesting the bears be placed in a more suitable home at an accredited sanctuary. LTB has agreed to provide the four bears with a permanent, lifetime home at their Calif. Sanctuary. Founder and Director, Bobbi Brink, states: “We’re lucky these bears are out of the pits and coming home with us. It is nearly impossible to find captive bears homes in reputable facilities.”

There is no federal system set in place that regulates the ownership of exotic animals in the United States. This rescue demonstrates the need for additional legislation so bears, big cats and other exotic animals are not kept in inadequate conditions in the United States anymore.